Using a metallic marker for eyeliner.
Dying a cat pink.
Putting tuna fish in a gas tank.
Throwing a leather armchair into a swimming pool after lighting it on fire.
Driving a moped into the ocean.
Attaching bungee cords to a television and throwing it off the roof.
Replacing the vodka in the near empty bottle with water thinking no one will notice.
Using a hypodermic needle to inject liquor into innocent looking citrus fruit and bringing it to school in your lunchbox.
And I could go on and on. These are all acts committed by teenagers, that I either witnessed or had some hand in (I am happy to say none of these were my ideas and no, I didn’t dye a cat pink). These were all acts of questionable intelligence and virtually no common sense committed by teenagers, when I was indeed one of them. It is common knowledge that teenagers, while often incredibly resourceful and intellectually impressive, will often do a lot of stupid stuff. For most adults it is baffling, sometimes amusing, but oftentimes infuriating.
Now comes news that intellectual misfires like the ones I outlined above are not a product of teenagers being dumb or simply not thinking. It is more of an indication not of what they are thinking, but how they are thinking.